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Friday, August 08, 2008

finally....

hi all! :)

so i was very pleasantly surprised when i stepped on the scale this morning. i saw a number i have not seen since probably june of last year. 135.6!!! yay :) i couldnt believe it. i was just hoping for 137 or 136 maybe (i saw 136.4 yesterday). and then i saw a 5 and i had to jump off the scale and hop back on just to be sure. i dont know if that will stick but hopefully it will. and if not i'll take 136 next week when i weigh-in. but that was certainly a good feeling.

i haven't been doing ww or counting calories. i'm doing something that i've learned is called "intuitive eating" - basically you eat when you're hungry, you stop when you're full and you listen to your body and question halfway through the meal "am i still hungry?" and if not i stop eating. granted i'm doing this with diet foods so i'm sure that helps but according to wikipedia this type of "non-diet" is good for people who want to eat whatever they want, in moderation.

wikipedia says...
"Intuitive eating is the opposite of dieting, the latter of which is externally driven. It is a key component of the Health at Every Size movement. Supporters argue that eating in response to internal cues of hunger and fullness, while allowing all foods to be part of the diet, weight will be maintained to one's "natural" weight. Natural weight is the weight range predetermined by genetics.

When someone is disconnected to his or her internal cues of satiety, it is easier to be trigged by external triggers to eat, (which can be emotions, "because it's time", opportunity, and/or perceived rules of eating.)

If someone has rigid rules for so-called healthy eating, he or she is more likely to succumb to overeating, as a consequence of breaking their well-meaning rules. Scientifically, this all-or-none type of eating, built around eating rules rather than internal hunger/satiety cues, is referred to as restraint eating or Restraint Theory."

so i dont know if i'm doing it completely like that but pretty much. don't get me wrong, i think my stomach has shrunk a little from eating smaller portions and i definitely get full faster. but its working for me and i guess thats what matters. with weight watchers i would eat my points during the day and when i'd get home at 6pm and still have 10 points left over, i would eat them, just because i could and not necessarily because i was hungry. that doesn't make much sense to me. i've also started running again which i'm sure is playing a big part in it.

whatever it is, it was nice to finally see the scale move in the right direction over the past 5 weeks.

i hope everyone has a nice weekend! i will be relaxing poolside and running errands. TGIF!

2 comments:

JODI said...

congrats on the loss and good for you on the intuitive eating... i'm not sure if what i'm doing is called that but it's definitely nice not having to worry about points and if i've reached my daily 'quota'... so happy that it's working for you! :o)

Laura Brandon said...

wow, well obviously something's working! congrats!